Come, Blessed Spirit! Source of Light!   6 comments

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, Georgia, June 12, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/EpiscopalChurchOfTheHolySpirit#5617455589905054482)

Hymn Source = The New Psalms and Hymns (1901), of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (1861-1983)

Words (published in 1817) by the Reverend Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795), an English Baptist minister who wrote a hymn a week

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1.  Come, blessed Spirit! source of light!

Whose pow’r and grace are unconfined,

Dispel the gloomy shades of night–

The thicker darkness of the mind.

2.  To mine illumined eyes, display

The glorious truth Thy word reveals;

Cause me to run the heavenly way,

Thy book unfold, and loose the seals.

3.  Thine inward teachings make me know

The mysteries of redeeming love,

The vanity of things below,

And excellence of things above.

4.  While thro’ this dubious maze I stray,

Spread, like the sun, Thy beams abroad,

To show the dangers of the way,

And guide my feeble steps to God.

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